O's Hope to Play Up To Contenders' Level
Rainout Forces Doubleheader Today
Saturday, September 13, 2008; Page E08
BALTIMORE, Sept. 12 -- Though the Baltimore Orioles fell from playoff contention long ago, Baltimore Orioles Manager Dave Trembley called a 15-minute meeting in his team's clubhouse on Friday afternoon to drive home an important message.
"I want to end this season right," Trembley said.
The opener of a three-game series between the Orioles and Twins was one of several games with postseason implications postponed on Friday night because of heavy rain. Still, Trembley hopes the point sticks on Saturday, when the Orioles and the Twins make up for the lost game in a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.
"I think there's an obligation when you're playing contending teams to bring your team up to that level, to play with some energy and a sense of spirit," Trembley said.
The Orioles' opponents over the last two weeks own a combined .550 winning percentage and, at season's end, could include two division champions.
With division races hanging in the balance, Trembley plans on breaking from a recent trend by playing all of his regular starters.
Before the postponement, the Orioles' original starting lineup on Friday included all nine regulars, including Melvin Mora, who was scheduled to play third base for the first time since returning from a hamstring strain.
"I think it's just the etiquette of the game to put your best nine guys out there," Trembley said.
Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera (8-9, 5.26 ERA) will face Minnesota's Scott Baker (8-4, 2.66) in the first game of the doubleheader. Left-hander Garrett Olson (9-7, 6.43) will take the mound for the Orioles against fellow lefty Glen Perkins (12-4, 4.11) in the nightcap.
Even though batting practice was canceled, the grounds crew worked on the field to dry it out and it appeared the game would start on time. But three minutes before the scheduled 7:11 first pitch, the tarp was rolled out and the field was covered again.